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 THE  UNIVERSITY  OF BRITISH  COLUMBIA
VOLUME  49      NUMBER  5   I  MAY  8,2003
UBC REPORTS
SPECIAL    ISSUE:    UBC    C O N G R E G AT I O N   2 0 0 3
The Canadian
Armed Forces
has a New
Dentist
Military career made it all
possible
BY HILARY THOMSON
He's a second lieutenant  in  the
Canadian Armed Forces, but lately
Sunny Tatra has had a hard time
getting anyone to salute him.
That's because the 32-year-old is
also a UBC student who graduates
this month with a Doctor of Dental
Medicine degree.
Tatra joined the service after a
cousin in the military bet him he
couldn't tough it out for even one
year as a soldier. That was 1990.
Since then, he has been an officer
in the Canadian Armed Forces
which has supported, in whole or
in part, his 12 years of education
with tuition, books, cost of living
allowance and salary.
"If it hadn't been for the
military, I never would have had
this education," he says. "My
parents couldn't have afforded to
help send me to university for so
many years but with the support
I've received, getting an education
is my full-time job."
A Calgary native, Tatra obtained
a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry
from the University of Calgary in
1993. He took another bachelor's
degree - this time in Botany - in
1996, followed by a master's
degree in plant molecular physiology and gene expression earned in
1999, the year he enrolled at UBC's
Faculty of Dentistry.
When he wasn't pursuing a
degree, Tatra was hitting the books
as an officer and in 1994 qualified
as a military health-care administrator. He has also taught basic and
officer training, and schooled
medical assistants during a
one-year full-time stint as an
officer and during summer breaks
between terms.
Originally aiming to be a physician, Tatra opted for Dentistry
because he felt it offered a better
chance for a balanced home life.
continued on page 12
Sunny Tatra (lower left) thanks the military for his degree. Coleen Heemskerk thanks her university
education for helping her to see the world.
Since 1916, UBC graduates have gathered to celebrate their success as
students in Congregation ceremonies that bring together faculty, staff,
alumni, families and friends. From May 21-28 more than 5,000
graduates will cross the stage at UBC's Chan Centre for the Performing
Arts to receive their degrees from UBC Chancellor Allan McEachern. In
22 separate ceremonies, degrees from 12 faculties as well as 9 honorary
degrees will be conferred. |j This year's UBC graduates, whose ideas and
innovation are creating new approaches to local and global issues, will
join the more than 200,000 alumni now living and working in countries
around the world. For more information about UBC's Congregation
ceremonies visit www.graduation.ubc.ca photographs by martin dee
Agricultural
Sciences Grad
Studied in
Holland,
Sweden and
Uganda
Serves as career
ambassador for her faculty
BY MICHELLE COOK
Coleen Heemskerk doesn't have a
good head for carrying well water.
The Agricultural Sciences undergraduate discovered her shortcoming during a study trip to Uganda
last year when she spent several
days with a rural family eager to
show her their way of life. That
included teaching Heemskerk, 25,
how to chase away marauding
baboons from their crops, and giving her a 10-lb "trainer" Gerry can
to transport water on foot from a
community well 45 minutes away.
"The people in the village could
carry 20-lb cans on their heads
without holding on to them,"
Heemskerk recalls. "But I had to
use my hands, and I actually
tripped and broke my can. I had
children following me and laughing because they'd never seen a
white person do that kind of work.
They told me my head wasn't flat
enough."
Heemskerk's introduction to
Ugandan life also included visits to
a sustainable farm operation, a
wild game reserve, a rehab zoo, an
orphanage, and meetings with 15
non government organizations and
a group of Ugandan university students, one of whom sported bullet
scars on her legs - the result of
ongoing civil war in northern
Uganda.
For Heemskerk, the eye-opening
experiences were all part of course-
work for the Global Resource
Systems (GRS) program. The
undergraduate program lets students specialize in a resource discipline and world region of their
choice. Heemskerk opted to focus
on international development in
Africa and Europe.
She says she was drawn to the
program's international exchange
component and flexibility which
led her to study in Holland and
Sweden. Heemskerk's trip to
Uganda was part of a course she
took at the Swedish Agricultural
University-SLU.
She says she was struck by the
openness and generosity of the
people she met in Africa and also
saw that the West has a lot to learn
about from developing countries
sustainable agriculture.
Following her graduation from
UBC, Heemskerk hopes to return
to Sweden and shift her academic
interests from agriculture and
international development to graduate work in conflict management.
She hopes to do long-term development work in Africa, and eventually work for a UN agency.
continued on page 10 IC      REPORTS       |      MAY     8,      2003
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UBC faculty with an outstanding research
record that fits the mandate of the Institute.
Four scholars will be appointed
for the calendar year.
Deadline for nominations is May 16, 2003.
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Workaholics can be
Healthy
New research from Australia
found "no strong evidence" of a
link between coronary heart disease and work-related stress.
What matters isn't how hard you
work, but how much you like what
you do. "A number of studies
show that having control at work
is positive - not just being in charge
of other people, but having the
freedom to make decisions," UBC
epidemiologist Aleck Ostry told
the New York Times.
"Workaholism can be useful
when you are making the most of
your skills and education, you are
stretching yourself and are held in
high esteem."
Stars on War
U.S. country radio stations recently dropped the Dixie Chicks from
their play list when lead singer
Natalie Mains told a London concert audience she was ashamed the
President of the United States was
from Texas.
Documentary filmmaker
Michael Moore, actress Susan
Sarandon and Madonna are all
speaking out against the war on
Iraq. But their message is not
always popular.
"Now is a time when our commitment to free speech is difficult.
This is when we need it most,"
UBC journalism professor Stephen
Ward told Global National. "It
goes against everything that we
believe in a free society, which is
the free expression of difficult and
LETTERS
Editor:
VP Research Indira Samarasekera
applauds SARS team for its break
through discovery.
possibly offensive views for many
people at a time when we need it."
Microbe Man
UBC   microbiologist  Brett  Finlay
told the National Post that there is
no need for people to get obsessive
about hand-washing amidst the
SARS scare.
"We are more microbe than we
are human," said Finlay. "There
are actually 10 times more
microbes in us and on us than
there are human cells. Put another
way, the average person is home to
1,000,000,000,000,000 microbes
(10 to the power of 14.) They are
invisible because bacteria, viruses
and fungi are much smaller than
human cells."
All of which means it is a good
idea to wash your hands  before
eating and after using the toilet. "In
every gram of feces you secrete
there are more bacteria than there
are humans in the world," said
Finlay, who does not shy away
from the reality of the inner world.
"It's gross, but it's real life."
Research Funding Worth it
In a letter to the Vancouver Sun,
UBC VP Research Indira
Samarasekera said the scientists at
the Michael Smith Genome Science
Centre at the B.C. Cancer Agency
accomplished a remarkable feat by
being the first group in the world to
sequence the coronavirus, suspected of causing SARS.
"The work [of Dr. Marco Marra,
Dr. Caroline Astell, Dr. Steve Jones
and their team], at the Michael
Smith Genome Science Centre,
named after the UBC Nobel
Laureate Michael Smith, is a
testament to scientific excellence
and the sheer power of basic
research. It also demonstrates that
funding of leading research pays off
in spades," said Samarasekera.
"The breakthrough on SARS has
put the B.C. Cancer Agency, UBC
and Canada on the map," said
Samarasekera. "Many of the scientists on Dr. Marra's team, including
Dr. Marra, were attracted back to
Canada from the U.S. because of
the renewed vitality of the research
climate in this country. This is only
the beginning of what is emerging
as an extraordinary period for
knowledge creation in Canada,
with profound social and economic
benefits." □
Why do I see the same names commenting all the
time and lambasting the University in its attempt to
bring the University into the 21st Century? Has
anyone stopped to consider why there is a need for
a University Plan? Perhaps these nay-sayers might
reconsider their lack of foresight. Canada continues
to lose some of its finest athletes and academics. We
educate them and then send them off to other places
because they cannot afford to live on or near
campus. How can they train in inadequate facilities. Facilities, what facilities? Were these critics
aware that the indoor pool has more than 15,000
people using it per week? How can top athletes
train in a facility with no space and one that is not
regulation size? Both the indoor and outdoor pool
are not capable of hosting national or international
level meets. There is no pool in the lower mainland
that can host a high caliber swim meet, water polo
tournament or synchro swimming event. B.C. prides
itself on its fitness. Well, let's provide the community surrounding UBC the opportunity to participate
in activities. Here's an argument for the fogies who
want to keep the pool as a heritage site. First of all
what's there now is not as it was intended. It was
supposed to have been made into an indoor pool as
soon as the Empire Games were over. There were
change rooms and there were stores there too, coffee shops. During the Empire Games held here in
the early 50's did anyone know that Bannister and
Landy were the first to break the four minute mile
in running? It takes a track to train, track, what
track? There is no track now in Vancouver for athletes. The list goes on, baseball, rowing, etc.
It appears these same selfish individuals do not
consider that housing right in the centre of
campus might be attractive to investors and
families alike. I have children who will shortly be
attending the University. I would gladly buy them a
condo, because I believe in four to six years I will
have had an excellent return on my investment in
more ways than one. Having a vibrant and alive
centre of campus will encourage people to remain
on campus even after graduation. Three new proposed elementary schools will make the university a
great place for families to be and perhaps keep
graduating PhD's from leaving for what is now
much greener pastures. Please everyone who reads
this respond to the positive for the University Plan
so we can move forward instead of burying our
heads in the sand.
Lee-Ann Strelzow
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It's a long road from Russia to the
backyard of Bill Gates' house, but
Computer Science student Natali
Altshuler made the trip in just nine
years.
The vivacious 2 2-year-old even
got a chance to meet the Microsoft
chairman in person. The brief
encounter occurred last year
during a barbeque for interns at
Gates' home. Altshuler says it was
one of the highlights of her experience in the Computer Science Cooperative Education Program.
"I got to shake his hand and
how many people can say that?"
says Altshuler. "The co-op
program gave me opportunities I
would not have had otherwise."
Altshuler, who will receive her
Bachelor of Science with a minor in
Commerce this month, immigrated
with her family to Canada when
she was 13. Her parents - both
musicians - wanted to give her and
her sister a better life.
She arrived from Russia speaking no English and began Grade 8
as an ESL student. When she graduated from high school, Altshuler
was not only fluent but had an
unconditional offer of acceptance
to UBC with an Outstanding
Student Initiative (OSI) scholarship.
She says getting accepted into
the computer science co-op
program in her second year was
one of the best things that ever
happened to her.
Through the program, she
worked in software  development
Natali Altshuler will soon be working for the world's leading electronic game maker.
Computer Science Grad Makes
an Impression at Microsoft
Then lands major job at Electronic Arts, by Michelle cook
at Motorola Canada Ltd. (which
named her Motorola Ambassador
to UBC after she completed her
work term), and at MacDonald
Dettwiler & Associates (MDA),
where she worked on a naval combat operator-training simulator
(MDA gave her a scholarship based
on her contribution to the project).
Those co-op experiences helped her
to land a position as a program
manager intern at Microsoft Corp.
in Seattle.
An engaging blend of intelligence
and charisma, Altshuler shatters the
image of computer science majors as
quiet, shy technophiles.
In her co-op placements and on
campus, Altshuler says she always
looked for ways to make an impact.
At Motorola, she co
ordinated several large events. At
UBC, she was a long-standing executive of the Computer Science
Students Society - eventually
becoming president in her final year
- and helped to organize numerous
activities including information sessions and a computer-industry
career fair.
Although driven by a desire to do
her best and make her family proud,
Altshuler believes in balancing work
and play. It's a philosophy that will
serve her well in her new job as
development director at Electronic
Arts, the world's leading developer
of electronic games.
"EA is a perfect match for me,"
Altshuler says. "What appealed to
me is that you're creating something
that people can use and enjoy." □
First Nations Access Program Makes Dream Come True
Aboriginal student begins Forestry career
BY BRIAN LIN
Chris Anderson's love for the out
doors led him to the Faculty of
Forestry, and now a university education may give him a career in the
woods.
Growing up near Sproat Lake
outside Port Alberni, Anderson
spent many weekends at his grandmother's house on the Tseshaht
First Nation reserve and developed
a passion for plants and fishing.
"I love being out on the river in
the summer, floating around in the
boat, waiting for fish to come up
the river," says Anderson, who still
participates in his band's annual
food fishery. "The river is silent
and all you hear is a splash and
you know it is time to set the net."
But it was his Swedish father, a
machine operator who built roads
for Macmillan Bloedel, who
inspired him to pursue a career in
forestry.
"He always had exciting stories
to tell when he came home from
work," Anderson recalls. "I
remember thinking how cool it
would be to work outdoors."
Now, with a Bachelor of Science
in Forestry degree, he's looking
forward to a future doing just that.
A university education, he says,
made it all possible.
"My parents have always
emphasized the importance of education, " says Anderson. "I guess
they wanted to make sure my
brothers and I enjoy the opportunities they didn't have without post-
secondary education."
"But I never thought I'd go to
university. My biggest aspiration
was community college," says the
28-year-old, who spent a year at
Malaspina University College in
Nanaimo before he learned about
UBC's First Nations Professional
Science Access Program, which
provided academic upgrading for
aboriginal students. Students were
encouraged to apply to the Applied
Science, Agricultural Sciences or
Forestry program upon fulfilling
grade 11 and 12 science and math
prerequisites.
The program was discontinued
in 1998 after a three-year run, but
Anderson had already reaped the
benefit.
"I wouldn't have considered
going to university if it weren't for
the Access program," says
Anderson.
Anderson says the best part
about studying forest operations is
the opportunity to incorporate in
the field what he learns in school.
"The program prepared me for
what I would encounter while
working in the forest industry, it
can also lead to professional engineer status."
In addition to studying at UBC's
research forests, he has spent summers as an engineering contractor
in a joint venture between his band
and Coast Forest Management, as
a squad boss fighting forest fires
with the B.C. Forest Service and as
a danger tree assessor.
"I worked with a partner to
assess the safety of trees within the
areas our fire crew would be operating," says Anderson. "We'd walk
through the area and flag for
removal any trees we deemed hazardous to the safety of our crew.
The falters who follow us would
then remove these trees before the
fire crew was permitted to enter
the area."
As for his future career,
Anderson wants to combine his
interests in forestry and engineering and work on becoming a registered professional forester and professional engineer. His aboriginal
background, Anderson says, will
definitely help him when dealing
with First Nations forest land and
resource issues. □
Chris Anderson can see the forest and the trees and the possibilities. 4       I      UBC      REPORTS       |      MAY     8,      2003
Fashionable Congregation Wear
What the Best-Dressed Graduates will be Wearing this Spring and More Importantly... Why?
BY BRIAN LIN
It all started in the Middle Ages.
Congregation gowns and
academic dress originated from
the clergy regalia from that
period, according to University
Relations Director Chuck
Slonecker, who has been
running congregation ceremonies
since 1989.
"At the time, monks and
priests were often brought into
an area by business people,
where they were asked to pray to
prevent the spread of the plague
and other epidemics. Eventually
they also undertook the responsibility of educating the children
and that's the beginning of
academia as we know it.
"The priests' gowns reflect
their religious order and the
monk's hoods were designed so
the congregation could toss in
their contribution as they walked
by. The mortarboard is associated with Oxford whereas the
bonnet originated with Henry
VIII and what was known as the
Cambridge Hat."
UBC, like many other
Canadian and U.S. universities,
follows the British tradition of
academic dress.
"Each university can decide
the style and colours of their
gowns, within some general
rules," explains Eilis Courtney,
associate director of the
Ceremonies Office. "The hoods
are lined in different colours to
represent the different degrees."
Undergraduate & Master's
The undergraduate gown,
modelled by Sameer Al-
Abdul-Wahid (1), president of
the graduating class, is black
with long sleeves. The edged
light blue lining in his hood signifies al-Abdul-Wahid's Bachelor
of Science degree.
The Master's gown is identical
to the undergraduate gown, with
the exception of the full lining in
distinctive colours to signify the
graduate's degree.
PhD
The PhD regalia consist of a
maroon silk gown and sleeves of
UBC blue with gold piping.
Brian Wilhelm (2), who's receiving his PhD in medical genetics
and his wife Josette-Renee
Landry (3), who is receiving her
PhD in genetics, are wearing the
typical PhD gowns, including a
hood with blue silk shell and
gold lining.
Faculty
Faculty members typically wear
regalia from their alma mater.
Chuck    Slonecker's    (4)    gown
is representative of most North
American PhD gowns. His black
gown with velvet chevron was
purchased from his alma mater,
the University of Washington,
35 years ago for US$200. The
purple and gold of his hood are
UW's colours while the blue signifies his PhD degree in Science.
Library, Archival and
Information Studies Prof.
Luciana Duranti's (5) gown is
one of the most colourful among
faculty members at UBC.
Adorned    with    lace     around
the neck, the gown comes from
Duranti's alma mater, the
University of Roma in Rome,
Italy.
"It's a black gown with red
cuffs which are folded to
different lengths and held up by a
different cord to signify your
rank and degree," explains
Duranti. "My gown has a dark
green sash held on the shoulder
by a gold rosette on black velvet.
Green  signifies   archival  science
and gold on black is our Faculty
(Library and Archival Science)
colour."
President, Chancellor and
Honorary Degree recipients
The colour and style of the
President, Chancellor and
honorary degree recipient gowns
are particular to UBC. Honorary
degree recipients wear red gowns
lined in blue, purple or cream
velvet for the respective degrees
(LL.D., D.S.c. and D.Litt.) □
Lowering the Risk for Health-Care Workers
Grad student discovers the dangers in disinfectants, by Michelle cook
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Karen Rideout discovered that clean medical instruments don't always mean safe instruments, at least not for the people who clean them.
Karen Rideout is breathing a little
easier these days - and it's not just
because she successfully completed
her MSc in Occupational and
Environmental Hygiene last month.
The findings from Rideout's master's thesis could benefit health-care
workers worldwide currently using
highly toxic chemicals known to
cause respiratory problems, to clean
endoscopes and other medical instruments that are too delicate to be disinfected with heat.
An asthma sufferer herself,
Rideout was interested in examining
the health risks for B.C. health-care
workers exposed to glutaraldehyde, a
chemical disinfectant that has been in
wide use for 40 years, as well as two
disinfectants (Cidex OPA and
Compliance) that have recentiy come
onto the market and are billed by
their manufacturers as safer.
"Up to 26 per cent of people who
use it [glutaraldehyde] develop some
sort of respiratory symptoms,
including asthma, and about 40 per
cent develop skin problems such as
dermatitis and allergic reactions, but
there just hasn't been anything to
replace it," Rideout says.
In the first survey of its kind to be
done in the province, Rideout
worked with the Occupational Safety
and Health Agency for Healthcare to
canvas B.C. hospitals about their
choice of disinfectants. She also studied the federal regulatory process for
getting chemical disinfectants
approved.
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Personal History Leads
to Precedent Setting
PhD Research
BY ERICA SMISHEK
Alison Pryer did not predict that
an essay on her childhood sexual
abuse included in her PhD dissertation would provoke a legal and
ethical debate at UBC and eventually set a precedent to allow people
to write about someone without
their consent - but with a disclaimer.
Given that her research examined the role of storytelling in
teaching, she just thought it made
sense to weave personal memoir
with theory in her dissertation for
her Education PhD in Curriculum
and Instruction.
"This was not done for personal
reasons or for revenge," Pryer, 36,
explains. "I thought I could contribute to a piece of the puzzle.
Survivors do have a right to their
stories.
"When people do narrative
research, it is not just sweet little
stories. Narrative is very powerful.
It has the power to hurt and the
power to heal."
As she cradles two-month-old
daughter Katie in her arms, the
warm, soft-spoken Brit does not
look or sound like a revolutionary.
She came upon her research suddenly after completing an introductory course in narrative.
"When teachers teach, they
always teach in terms of story," she
says. "Teachers relate to each other
in terms of story. Communities are
built out of stories. That's how we
get our meaning. I began writing
and journaling when I was a
teacher [in Germany, Egypt and
Japan],   observing   classroom  life
and the everyday."
Her PhD dissertation is a collection of essays on many themes
(sensuality in the classroom,
erotics in learning, identity and displacement, Zen art, the aesthetic
and erotic in hockey) that examine
dualistic structures found through
culture, including many educational institutions. One essay deals
with childhood sexual abuse.
"I wanted to explore the effects
of childhood sexual abuse - how it
silences victims, how educational
institutions work to silence them
and how teaching education programs work to silence those stories.
"We have a very masculine tradition. It affects what can be
taught, what can be said, what
counts as good knowledge... There
are different ways stories can be
silenced - through lack of support,
lack of curriculum materials. I
wanted to give voice to this issue."
Born in London, educated in
Scotland, Pryer completed a M.A.
in art history and German and
began her career as a curator at the
British Museum in London.
Turning to teaching because of her
love of children, their energy and
zest for life, she has taught students
from four to 70 years old on four
different continents.
"Be kind. That's what I advise
my students," says Pryer, who was
also a faculty advisor in UBC's
Teacher Education Program. "At
the end of the day, how you relate
to people is what matters. That's
how people learn." □
Alison Pryer, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, found her story
had the power to heal.
Lowering the Risk
continued from page 4
She found that current regulations
focus more on whether a chemical
will serve its intended purpose than
on protecting the health of the workers who use it. She also found that
while the newer products appear to
be safer choices, there still isn't
enough data to prove this. Among
her thesis recommendations is a call
for stricter requirements at the regulatory level that would take into consideration a chemical disinfectant's
effects on employee health.
Rideout's accomplishment is
impressive considering that three
years ago she hadn't even heard of
occupational and environmental
hygiene.
Originally from Newfoundland,
Rideout, 31, earned a BA in Music
from Wilfrid Laurier University
before deciding that her professional
interests lay in nutrition. She got a
BSc in Applied Human Nutrition
from Mount Saint Vincent University
and then headed west.
She was working for a plant science journal in Victoria when she
received a Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council
(NSERC) scholarship.
"The scholarship encouraged me
to think about what I really wanted
to do; I wanted to use the opportunity to work toward making a difference in people's lives," Rideout says.
"I knew I wanted to be working with
people and in the health field and
then I discovered the School of
Occupational and Environmental
Hygiene on UBC's website."
Rideout admits the leap from
nutritional studies was a big one, but
she credits the school's tight-knit
group of students and faculty members for giving her the support she
needed to succeed. □
Pharmacy Grad is Multi-Talented
He is also a paramedic and an auto mechanic, by Hilary Thomson
Paul Gibson's life
as an auto mechanic and paramedic led him to Pharmacy.
At a time when most UBC grads
are looking forward to their first
professional job, Paul Gibbons
will be embarking on his third
career.
The 33-year-old, who will
receive his Bachelor of
Pharmaceutical Sciences degree
this month, is also a qualified auto
mechanic and a licensed paramedic.
After graduating from high
school in 1988 in Sooke, B.C.,
Gibbons worked as a heavy-duty
mechanic in logging camps on
Vancouver Island and later as an
auto mechanic. In addition, he
worked part time with the Otter
Point Fire Dept., leaving in 1992
to serve as a paramedic with the
B.C. Ambulance Service.
While working at a Victoria
auto dealership that serviced the
area's ambulances, he found himself repairing ambulances by day
and attending calls in the same
vehicles at night.
His work as a paramedic
inspired his seven-year journey to
become a pharmacist. After years
of attending calls where patients
had multiple complaints and
numerous medications, he developed a curiosity about how medications were prescribed and how
they worked in the body.
Still working at two jobs, he
enrolled in Camosun College to
upgrade his maths and sciences
and graduated with a diploma in
applied chemistry and biochemistry. He entered UBC in 1999.
"Pharmacy really fits for me,"
he says. "It has satisfied my
curiosity about the science of
drugs and I'm able to work with
people, which I enjoy doing."
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BY HILARY THOMSON
After years of globetrotting   to
exotic locales, Keri Closson is
hauling out her hockey stick,
slinging on her stethoscope and
moving to Prince George, B.C.
Armed with a brand new MD
degree, the 31-year-old is heading
north to start a two-year residency in rural family medicine.
Closson's academic journey
started at McMaster University,
where she obtained a degree in
Kinesiology in 1995. While working as a kinesiologist, she was
impressed by the range of career
opportunities available to doctors
and enrolled in UBC's Faculty of
Medicine in 1999.
"Working in a smaller town
will give me a better chance to
know my patients," she says.
"Also, my husband and I love
outdoor activities. That's a big
factor in moving out of the city -
being able to balance the
demands of work with
recreation."
Closson's balancing act began
as a teenager. As a member of
Canada's national synchronized
swim team, she spent up to six
hours a day in the pool and
received tutoring to keep up her
studies. Competitions took her to
Australia, New Zealand and
Central and South America.
The act continued in med
school where she has earned
numerous scholarships and prizes
and is a Wesbrook Scholar, the
university's honorary designation
for students who rank in the top
10 per cent of their class. Even
with an intense academic schedule, she has made time to indulge
her new passion for hockey with
a team of classmates. She has also
combined commitments to allow
for some long-distance adventures. In the summer after her
second year, she and husband
Kent, an occupational therapist,
worked in a hospital in southern
India and later travelled throughout the country.
"That experience really introduced me to the concept of
family-centred care - when you
treat the patient, you're making
an impact on the whole family."
Closson reinforced that holistic
approach through volunteering at
the Community Health Initiative
by University Students, a student-
run interdisciplinary program for
residents of Vancouver's
Downtown Eastside. She has also
completed electives in centres
across Canada, including
Smithers in B.C.'s north country,
and is a member of the committee
on student affairs for UBC's
medical school expansion.
With her commitment to
healthy living and a passion for
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He had considered a degree in
medicine but was intent on finding
a career that he could start while
still in his 30s and where he could
put family first. That family now
includes four-month old Graeme,
born at exam-time last year.
"He was only three days old
when I was due to write an exam.
I'm forever grateful to my prof for
giving me some extra time to get us
all home and settled before I wrote
the test."
After he crosses the Chan Centre
stage to pick up his degree,
Gibbons and his family are moving
to Parksville on Vancouver Island
where he has a job as a community pharmacist.
"I'm happy to be going back to
the Island. It's a great place to
work and raise kids. And we've got
family in both Parksville and
Sooke, so we'll never be short of
baby-sitters." □ UBC      REPORTS      |      MAY     8,      2003      |      7
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Co-op Made the
Difference for
Wesbrook Scholar
Experience included communications and talking turkey, by erica smishek
Alicia Miller didn't know a thing
about farming when her Arts
Co-op work term took her to
the B.C. Ministry of
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
in Abbotsford to write profiles
of farmers for a non-farming
audience.
But six weeks taking care of
her boss' five-acre hobby farm
while he and his family went on
vacation changed all that.
"I have a huge sense of
appreciation for it now," says
the    energetic    and    engaging
Association, and helped create a
highly successful peer mentorship
program for Arts Co-op students.
She also gained varied experiences, working in communications-related positions with a
small internet travel publisher in
West Vancouver, the Canadian
International Development
Agency in Ottawa, and Harbour
Publishing, one of B.C.'s foremost book publishers, based on
the Sunshine Coast.
"Co-op was a deciding factor
in why I came to UBC,"  Miller
full-time job at Harbour
Publishing later this summer following a five-week French
immersion program in Quebec
and a trip to the Maritimes and
New York.
"It's a really exciting time to be
joining the company. They are
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their distribution into the U.S.
Plus I just have a real passion for
books. I'll be working with different ideas and a whole variety
of topics. It's the perfect marriage
of what I'm interested in." □
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Single Mom
Succeeds with
Her Son's Love
and Support
His medical condition led her into Nursing
BY MICHELLE COOK
Tackling tough assignments can
be a lot easier if you've got a
study buddy. For Nursing student and single mom Tamsin
Morgana, that buddy was her
8-year-old son Alec.
"We did our homework
together," Morgana says. "He
would give me advice when I
was having a tough time and
he knew I was overwhelmed.
And he'd draw me pictures."
Alec's support means a lot
to Morgana, 40, because if it
weren't for him, she might
not have left a successful
career in sales and marketing
to go back to school.
Alec was born with a congenital heart defect and has
survived two-open heart surgeries. Today, he is a healthy,
active tennis and violin player
and a budding artist who produced   artwork   to   encourage
What also attracted her to
nursing was the possibility of
more stability than what the
local marketing industry
offered, and more flexible
work hours that would allow
her to spend more time with
her son. The two-year multiple-entry nursing program
offered by the Faculty of
Applied Science also gave her
a chance to expand her skills.
Morgana says returning to
school as a mom and mature
student was an intimidating
and often nerve-wracking
adventure that put her time-
management skills to the ultimate test, but she credits her
family and son for helping her
to make it through.
During her practicum,
Morgana worked in community health and found a niche
where she could combine her
"Everyone said I was crazy, and I saw there were
problems in nursing, but it didn't scare me."
many of Morgana's fellow
students. Although Morgana's
parents are both health professionals (her mother is a
nurse and her father, Ted
Allen, is a UBC Clinical
Professor of        Medicine
Emeritus), it was her experience dealing with her son's
medical condition that
opened her eyes to the vocation of nursing.
"I saw it as more meaningful, quality work where
you're helping people and giving back to the community,"
Morgana says. "Everyone
said I was crazy, and I saw
there were problems in nursing, but it didn't scare me."
new and old career skills. The
field focuses on prevention
and promotion campaigns
and, after she graduates,
Morgana hopes to continue
working as a children and
youth community nurse visiting schools and clinics
throughout Vancouver to provide health care, information
and access to resources.
"Community health nursing
is about getting out there and
meeting people and helping
them to meet their goals and
needs," Morgana says.
She's also looking forward
to having more free time to
play with her study buddy,
Alec. □
UBC
Faculty of Dentistry
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4,2003
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12:30pm-1:30pm
Free "Brown Bag Lunch Lecture" **
"The Post-Genomic Era Enters the Mouth"
Dr. Larry Tabak
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Craniofacial Research
1:30pm-3:00pm
Faculty / Student Posters
IRC Lobby
3:00pm-4:00pm
"Proteases: Universal Drug Targets"
Dr. Dieter Bromme
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Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
4:00pm - 5:00pm
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PSAE recipients for this year are (left to right) Mary Murphy Deborah Austin, James Ramsay Eilis Courtney and Eileen Oertwig.
President's Service Award Winners
Five members of the university
community are being recognized
for their outstanding contributions
to UBC and campus life as recipients of this year's President's
Service Award for Excellence.
Each recipient will receive a gold
medal and $5,000 in a presentation
during Spring Congregation ceremonies.
Deborah Austin, director of
Human Resources and
Administration, Land and Building
Services, joined UBC in 1998.
Known as an effective communicator who gets people onside and
moving forward, she is credited
with significant cultural change
within the department. Her accomplishments include an effective
return to work program, a new
attendance program, an equity plan
and staff recognition programs.
Her leadership is characterized
by     compassion,     fairness     and
respect, and colleagues say the 'ripple effect' of her behaviour has led
to the success of the entire Land
and Building Services group. In
addition, she chaired the very successful UBC 2002 United Way
campaign. Acting as a mentor,
guide and role model, Austin's colleagues say she is dedicated to
improving the university as a
workplace and a community.
As associate director of the
Ceremonies Office, Eilis Courtney
oversees functions that range from
royal visits to pancake breakfasts.
Known for her competence,
humour and unflappable nature,
she has served as UBC's resident
expert on ceremony and protocol
for more than 10 years. Her skills
are particularly appreciated at
Congregation, where she ensures
the event is memorable for each of
the thousands of graduates and
their families. With her depth of
BY HILARY THOMSON
campus knowledge and loyalty to
the university, she has been
described by colleagues as one of
UBC's finest ambassadors.
In addition to her official campus duties, Courtney also volunteers to serve Christmas dinner to
UBC international students and
has been involved in UBC's United
Way campaign since 1991.
Mary Murphy joined UBC in
1981 and has been senior student
advisor, Faculty of Applied
Science, since 1992.
Her colleagues have called her a
champion of students who is
knowledgeable about all facets of
the undergraduate program from
recruitment to graduation. She is
known for having the answer to
every question and has been called
'the epitome of multitasking'. She
has participated in recruitment
events, ensured programs meet
accreditation criteria and advised
students on admissions, academic
planning and program changes.
In November 1992, she received
a Just Desserts Award from the
Alma Mater Society in recognition
of her service and her ability to create a welcoming atmosphere of confidence and trust.
Eileen Oertwig has served for 12
years as administrative secretary to
the dean of the Faculty of Arts.
Recognized as a pivotal point of
contact between the dean and the
many constituents in the faculty,
she has been described as an indispensable asset. Through her organized, professional and reliable support, Oertwig has served as assistant, advisor and confidant to five
deans. She is especially known for
her considerable institutional memory and is said to be a living compendium of deadlines.
In 1996, students gave her a Just
Desserts  award  in  recognition  of
her assistance and positive influence.
James Ramsay celebrates 30
years with UBC this year. He
joined the university in 1973 as a
plumber and now serves as a manager in Project Services, Land and
Building Services.
Co-workers say that he represents the working spirit of UBC -
someone who takes pride in the
many projects he has been involved
in. He is able to motivate workers
to meet his high standards of productivity and quality and is well
known for giving personal time
when an employee or colleague
needs help.
Credited with being a key player
in developing his department,
Ramsay's wide knowledge of campus procedures and personnel has
allowed him to contribute to initiatives that range from safety policies
to efficiency improvements.□
Former Israeli Combat Commander Finds New Start in Vancouver
For commerce grad, teamwork is a transferable skill, by erica smishek
Five years as an officer  in   the
Israeli Defense Force taught Nir
Kushnir valuable lessons about
teamwork, lessons that have
served him well as a Commerce
student and a future business
leader.
"In the military, you really learn
an 80-person combat unit, but says
that he, like most Israelis, does not
view the military as a profession.
"You do the best you can," he
explains. "I knew I had to participate so I took part with my moral
standards. You can influence people   and   make   sure   what   you
Kushnir relied on collaboration
to meet the challenges of being an
older student in a "very competitive faculty."
"Teamwork is huge. You have to
rely on your friends. I really tried
to help other people on the team to
achieve synergy. If you try to do
"In Israel, you don't learn history from an objective point of
view. You can't take a step back.
Here, people still have emotions
and problems but you can listen
to people analyze things and get a
different perspective. It changes
your attitude."
In Israel, you don't learn history from an objective point of view. You can't take a step back.
how to work in teams and how to
develop your interpersonal skills,"
says Kushnir, who will graduate
with a BCom in Management
Information Systems. "The power
and control are not coming from
your rank but who you are and
your ability to lead and motivate
and interact with people."
At age 18, all Israelis must complete a three-year stint in the
Defense Force. Kushnir served two
additional years and commanded
believe in comes through."
Born in Tel Aviv, the affable and
assured 29-year-old attended business school part time and worked
in marketing and telecommunications before deciding to pursue a
degree at UBC. He visited
Vancouver in May 2001, met with
International Student Recruitment
and Advising, wrote the Test of
English as a Foreign Language
(TOEFL), and returned in August
once accepted.
everything yourself, you won't
achieve anything."
In addition to Commerce courses, he studied political science and
history to gain some balance and
perspective.
"University is a great place to
learn to tolerate other positions,"
he says. "And it is a great place to
meet people from all over the
world. I met some Palestinians and
had academic discussions of everyday problems that affect our lives.
Kushnir, now an avid snow-
boarder and long distance runner
(he participated in this year's
Vancouver Marathon), is currently exploring job opportunities
with a large private company in
the Lower Mainland.
"It is easy to start your life here.
Vancouver is a multicultural
place. People you meet have all
come here from elsewhere. I see
opportunity for work and my
career." □
Nir Kushnir brings strong leadership
to business. io    I
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When the first graduates to sign
the UBC Sustainability Pledge
walk across the Chan Centre
stage this month, they won't be
wearing green caps or recycled
gowns. What will distinguish
them is a promise they've made to
use the knowledge they've gained
at UBC to improve sustainability
in their communities, and remain
socially and environmentally
responsible in their personal and
professional lives.
Launched in September 2002,
the UBC Sustainability Pledge is
the brainchild of Rebecca Best, an
Environmental Sciences student
who will receive her BSc at Spring
Congregation and who is also one
of this year's Wesbrook Scholars.
Best has been involved in various
sustainability initiatives throughout her studies at UBC.
Last April, she approached the
Campus Sustainability and
Student Development offices with
the idea of starting a graduation
pledge that would encourage students to take their values and
ideas about sustainability into
their workplaces.
"The pledge is about more than
launching office recycling programs and encouraging colleagues to turn off the lights,"
Best says. "It can mean lobbying
employers to refuse environmentally or socially damaging contracts, or looking for work specifically related to sustainability like
a conservation officer."
The pledge concept originated
in 1987 at California's Humboldt
State University when a group of
students drafted a promise to
apply their social and environmental values to their careers
once they left school. It has now
spread to more than 50 U.S. campuses including Harvard, MIT
and Notre Dame.
In Canada, the idea has been
slower to catch on. UBC is one of
Rebecca Best has been collecting pledges from other graduates who share her sustainability concerns.
UBC Grads take the Pledge
Keep it green, by Michelle cook
only a few schools to adopt the
idea, but it takes the pledge one
step farther than its American
counterparts by expanding it into
a personal as well as professional
commitment that begins in
school, not only upon graduation.
To date, 180 UBC students have
taken the pledge electronically.
The number is lower than Best
had hoped for but, she says, many
students on campus are already
involved in sustainability projects
and as more people hear about
the pledge and more volunteers
sign on to help manage the pledge
program, she expects that number to grow.
As part of the program, those
who've signed on receive monthly
e-mails containing ideas about
putting  sustainability  into   daily
practice, including information
on courses, speakers, websites,
career forums, networking nights
and special events. Best says the
goal is to help like-minded students find ways to connect with
each other and work together so
they don't feel like they are
upholding the pledge alone.
With       Congregation       fast
approaching, Best says a bigger
challenge will be providing support to pledges once they graduate. She plans to stay on for a few
months after her own graduation
to help expand the program's
resources. She is confident that
she and other graduates will not
only be able to keep their promise but will make a difference
with it.
"As more and more graduates
sign on, hopefully we can send a
message to potential employers
that these kinds of issues are
important and we will be looking
at a company's social and environmental policies when choosing where to work," Best says.
"More companies are realizing
that they need to make a strong
social and environmental commitment to be attractive to us."
For more information on the
Sustainability Pledge visit the
website at www.sustain.ubc.ca/
sustainable_u/ □
Agricultural Sciences Grad
continued from page 1
Although the global nature of
her studies kept Heemskerk away
from UBC for two and a half
years of her four-year degree,
while on campus, she was the volunteer coordinator for the UBC
Farm during its start-up year and,
last year, she helped out with the
Farm's Salad Bar program for
local elementary schools.
Heemskerk also served as a career
ambassador for her faculty, using
her own global experiences to
convey to high school students
the world of possibilities that
Agricultural Sciences studies have
to offer. □
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Law graduate Linas Antanavicius knows how to cover the courts...just give him the ball.
UBC Law Grad to be
Married in Romania
Lithuanian lawyer adds UBC degree, by erica smishek
From the law courts of Lithuania
to the basketball courts at UBC,
Linas Antanavicius has covered a
lot of ground in 31 years. He's
about to cover more.
Armed with a new Bachelor of
Laws from UBC, Antanavicius will
article with downtown Vancouver
law firm Specht & Pryer, which
specializes in personal injury and
corporate and commercial law,
later this summer. But first he and
Miami. He was a lawyer for the
Ministry of Health in Lithuania
and, at 23, was the youngest
person to serve as a City Counselor
in Vilnius, the capital, after the
country gained independence.
"I had an interest in history and
politics and had participated in the
independence movement in
Lithuania," he explains of his
public service. "It was good experience at such a young age. I made
market economy but the political
system is still developing."
Determined to broaden his
opportunities to practice law,
Antanavicius came to UBC to
study common law.
During his studies he worked at
the law firm where he will article,
assisted faculty members with
research, conducted research for
the International Legal Resources
Corporation,  volunteered for the
I would like to have some clients in Europe who want to do business in
Canada and some clients in Canada who want to do business in Europe
fiancee Ann Seymour, also a new
UBC law graduate, will travel to
Lithuania, pick up his mother and
brother, and join Seymour's family
in her native Romania for their
wedding.
"I told him he has to take a
break," she says. "He hasn't had
any time off in three years."
Her genial partner just smiles,
knowing that hard work is
ingrained in his character.
Born in Lithuania, 6'7"
Antanavicius received a degree in
civil law at Vilnius University in
1995 and also studied business law
in Sweden and health legislation in
good connections and contacts and
learned more about how political
life works."
Lithuania became the first Soviet
republic to declare its
independence in March 1990; the
proclamation was finally recognized in September 1991 and the
last Russian troops withdrew in
1993.
"The country has changed very
rapidly," says Antanavicius.
"Thirteen years ago, it was hard to
imagine we'd be a member of the
European Union. Now there is a
lot of legislation to deal with the
shift from a socialist economy to a
UBC Law Students' Legal Advice
Program and played in the UBC
Nitobe Basketball League. He
serves on the Lithuanian
Community of British Columbia
board and established the Baltic
Business Network to unite
professionals from the Baltic States
and assist with trade missions.
"I would like to have some
clients in Europe who want to do
business in Canada and some
clients in Canada who want to do
business in Europe," he says of his
future law career. "It would be
ideal given my knowledge of both
environments." □
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Prof.   Shirley   Sullivan   believes
learning can take place anywhere -
in offices, hallways, lounges and
even on public transportation.
"I have an irresistible urge to
teach no matter where I am - even
on the bus!" says Sullivan, a
professor of Classical, Near
Eastern and Religious Studies.
Her love of learning, of what it
means to be human and of classical
languages and literature has
inspired countless students since
Sullivan came to UBC in 1972. It
has also earned her one of 22
University Killam Teaching Prizes
to be awarded to faculty members
at Spring Congregation.
"University does two things,"
she says. "First, it imparts knowledge - students gain information
that they never had before.
Secondly it teaches students how to
think. We know they won't
remember the specific information,
especially about something like the
early Greeks, which are rather
obscure. But they will learn how to
analyze and understand."
A distinguished scholar whose
research focuses on the nature of
personality in early Greeks,
Sullivan is known to exemplify in
her lectures what she demands of
her students - rigour, passion and
absolute commitment.
"I tell my students that first they
must appreciate fully what the
philosopher is saying. If they want
to criticize after that, that's fine.
But they have to understand how
the ancient mind works, then begin
to use their own minds."
Sullivan, who has been included
on the "most popular professors in
Canada" list in Maclean's university rankings, believes effective
teaching can give young students
hope in a complicated world and
prepare them to be good citizens.
It helps if students are fascinated
by the subject matter.
"I agree with Plato's conviction
that people can be happy only if
they are being creative," Sullivan
says. "If their creative powers are
being crushed or the student is in a
subject where their heart isn't, their
special talents aren't being allowed
to flower and flourish.
" If a student is not doing well in
a course it may not be that the
subject is too difficult but that the
subject does not allow them to be
creative."
Killam Teaching Prize winners
are selected by their faculties based
on recommendations from
students and colleagues. Each
winner receives $5,000 from
university endowment sources.
Recipients are distinguished by
their creativity commitment and
dynamic approach to learning.
Other Killam Teaching Prize
recipients for 2003 are Faculty of
Agricultural Sciences: Assoc. Prof.
Gwen Chapman, Food, Nutrition
and Health; Faculty of Applied
Science: Asst. Prof Antony
Hodgson, Mechanical Engineering:
Assoc. Prof. Steven Wilton,
Electrical and Computer
Engineering; Faculty of Arts:
Assoc. Prof. Geoffrey Hall,
Psychology; Assoc. Prof. Judith
Saltman, Library, Archival and
Information Studies; Sr. Lect. Allen
Sens, Political Science; Faculty of
Commerce: Lect. Deborah
Meredith; Faculty of Dentistry:
Clin. Assoc. Prof. Ian Matthew,
Oral Biological and Medical
Sciences; Faculty of Education:
Prof. Graeme Chalmers,
Curriculum Studies; Assoc. Prof.
Bonny Norton, Language and
Literacy Education; Faculty of
Forestry: Asst. Prof. Paul Wood,
Forest Resources Management;
Faculty of Graduate Studies: Prof.
Wesley Pue, Law; Prof. Michael
Chandler, Psychology; Faculty of
Law: Prof. Anthony Sheppard;
Faculty of Medicine: Assoc. Prof.
Sylvie Langlois, Medical Genetics;
Prof. Andrew Macnab, Pediatrics;
Director,     Asst.     Prof.     Lesley
Prof. Shirley Sullivan wins Killam
Teaching Prize.
Bainbridge, Rehabilitation
Sciences; Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences: Prof.
John McNeill; Faculty of Science:
Asst. Prof. Andre Marziali,
Physics and Astronomy; Prof.
James Berger, Zoology; Assoc.
Prof. Michael Feeley, Computer
Science. □
The Canadian Armed
Forces has a New Dentist
continued from page 1
The toughest part of the last four
years, he says, has been the
intensity of the dental program -
the volume of information and
skills to be mastered. Even so, the
experienced student was the first
recipient of the Dean of Dentistry
scholarship in 2001/2002. Because
his education was paid for, Tatra
redirected his award to fellow students and has established an annual bursary of $1,000 to support a
student entering UBC Dentistry.
Tatra will be posted to the
Canadian Forces Base at Esquimalt
on Vancouver Island after graduation where, for four years, he will
serve as one of the base dentists.
Once licenced, he returns to his
previous rank of captain and with
every patient in uniform, his dental
skills are sure to earn him a
salute or two. □
TIME    PIECE    1967
The man who gave UBC its "soul" is about to retire. When Nestor Korchinsky came to UBC in
1967 he had a vision for a sports and recreation program. What UBC missed, he felt was an
intramural sport program for all students. "Academics give a university its character.
Extracurricular activities give it personality. Together they give it a soul," he said. Nestor's "soul"
of UBC eventually became the largest and most comprehensive intramural sports
program in North America. He also became a legend on campus by serving as the congregation
marshal for the past 25 years. But this graduation ceremony will be his last. He leaves behind a
legacy that has become one of the most dominant features of UBC student life.

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